Air Force Visits Denver for Non-Conference Matchup

    Sophomore Alicia Leipprandt
    Sophomore Alicia Leipprandt

    Dec. 7, 2010

    After five straight games at home, the Air Force women’s basketball team is back on the road, Wednesday, Dec. 8, as it travels up I-25 to take on Denver. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. in Magness Arena.

     

     

    Game Information

    Live Stats/Video: www.denverpioneers.com


     

     

    Series History: Denver leads, 30-22

    Last Meeting: Denver escaped with a close 64-62 victory last year at the Academy (Dec. 9, 2009)

    Head Coaches:

            Air Force: Andrea Williams (4-5/First Season; 16-40/Third Season overall)

            Denver: Erik Johnson (38-32/Third Season)

     

     

    Last Time Out...

    The Falcons posted a 1-1 record at the Air Force Classic over the weekend, falling to Bryant, 79-74, while defeating Texas State, 61-41. 

     

    Against Bryant, senior Raimee Beck notched a season-best 24 points and eight rebounds to lead the Falcons, while sophomore Megan Muniz added a career-best 17 points. Meanwhile, versus Texas State, freshman Megan O’Neil recorded a career-high 13 points, followed by sophomore Alicia Leipprandt with 11 points. In addition, sophomore Dymond James registered her second double-double of the season, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

     

     

    Scouting the Falcons...

    Air Force enters Wednesday night’s contest with a 4-5 overall record (0-3 on the road) following its performance at the Air Force Classic over the weekend.

     

    Senior Raimee Beck is the Falcons’ leading scorer with 14.5 points per game, while sophomore Kelsey Berger (10.0 ppg) is also averaging in double figures scoring. Meanwhile, sophomore Dymond James is Air Force’s leading rebounder with 7.8 boards per contest.

     

     

    Scouting the Pioneers...

    Denver currently holds a 4-4 overall record (2-0 at home). The Pioneers are coming off a 70-65 home victory over Vanderbilt.

     

    Kaetlyn Murdoch leads the Pioneers with  16.4 points per game, while Britteni Rice (13.8 ppg) and Brianna Culberson (12.9 ppg) are also averaging in double figures scoring. Culberson also leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game, while Emiko Smith is averaging 6.6 assists per contest.

     

     

    How We Rate...

    In the latest conference statistics, Air Force leads the MWC in field goal percentage (.423) and ranks third in three-point field goal percentage (.357), assists per game (15.3) and assist/turnover ratio (0.9).

     

    Meanwhile, several Falcons rank among the conference’s top-10 individual leaders in various categories:

     

                                       Rank     Stat

    Scoring

    Raimee Beck              8           14.5

     

    Rebounds

    Dymond James          7           7.8

     

    FG Pct.

    Alicia Leipprandt        10         .473

     

    Assists

    Megan Muniz             7           4.0

     

    Steals

    Jamela Satterfield     5           2.2

     

    3PT FG Pct.

    Raimee Beck              6           .392

     

    3PT FG Made

    Raimee Beck              T2         2.5

     

    Blocked Shots

    Megan O’Neil            6           1.1

     

    Assist/Turnover Ratio

    Megan Muniz             4           2.0

     

    Offensive Rebounds

    Raimee Beck              T5         3.0

     

    Defensive Rebounds

    Raimee Beck              T10       5.3

     

     

    Air Force Classic All-Tournament Team...

    Two Falcons were honored on the 2010 Air Force Classic all-tournament team, as senior Raimee Beck earned MVP honors while sophomore Megan Muniz was an all-tournament selection. Beck averaged 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists for the tournament, while Muniz added 12.5 points and 4.0 assists per game, scoring a career-high 17 points against Bryant.

     

    Also named to the All-Air Force Classic team were Bryant’s Siamone Bennett and Danielle Douglas, Texas State’s Anna Brzozowski and Weber State’s Megan Patterson.

     

     

    AF Athlete of the week...

    For her performance against Texas Southern and in the Air Force Classic, senior captain Raimee Beck was named the Air Force Athlete of the Week on Dec. 6. Beck averaged 17.3 points,  7.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists in three games to lead the Falcons to a 2-1 record on the week. She notched her first 20-point game of the season in a 75-60 win over Texas Southern, finishing with 21 points and seven rebounds.

     

    In addition, Beck was named the Air Force Classic MVP after averaging 15.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists during the tournament. She registered a season-high 24 points and eight rebounds in a close 79-74 loss to Bryant in the opening game. Meanwhile, she registered seven points, seven rebounds and a career-high-tying six assists in the Falcons’ 61-41 win over Texas State.

     

     

    Getting the “W”...

    With its victory over Texas State on Saturday, Air Force reached four wins on the year, surpassing its season win total from 2009-10. In addition, the Falcons have already matched their season win total from the 2008-09 season.

     

     

    doing it with defense...

    Defense was the key for the Falcons in their win over Texas State, as they held the Bobcats to just 41 points for the game. It was the lowest point total for an Air Force opponent since February 2008, when the Falcons held BYU to just 40 points.

     

    In addition, Air Force was able to completely shut down Texas State in the opening half, limiting the Bobcats to just 12.5 percent shooting from the field. Air Force held Texas State to just  eight points in the first half of Saturday’s game, matching a school record for fewest points scored by an opponent in a half. The mark was previously set in 1979 versus Oberlin.

     

     

    A New Record...

    Already with her name scattered throughout the Falcons’ record books, senior Raimee Beck added another record to her resume in Saturday’s win over Texas State. Beck, who tallied a career-high-tying six assists against the Bobcats, became the Falcons’ all-time assist leader at the Division I level with 230.

     

    Beck already holds Academy Division I records for career scoring average (12.1), free-throw percentage (.819) and three-point field goals made (193),  as well as points in a season (406 in 2009-10).

     

     

    Raimee Scores 20...

    Raimee Beck finished with a game-high 21 points in the Falcons’ victory over Texas Southern on Tuesday, marking the first time this season that an Air Force player has reached 20 points. Against Bryant, Beck added another 20-point performance, scoring a season-high 24 points. Beck now has 15 20-point performances in her career, a mark which ranks tied for second in the Mountain West Conference.

     

     

    Megan scores, Pt. 1...

    Sophomore Megan Muniz posted the first double-digit scoring output of her career against Bryant, finishing the game with 17 points. Muniz scored a career-best six field goals, including a pair of three-pointers in the final minute.

     

     

    Megan scores, Pt. 2...

    Freshman Megan O’Neil was impressive in the win over Texas State, finishing 5-of-7 from the field for a career-high 13 points. It marked the second double-figure scoring game for O’Neil, and the first time this season that she has been the Falcons’ leading scorer.

     

     

    Another Double-Double for Dymond...

    Sophomore Dymond James was a strong presence in the post for Air Force against Texas State, as she finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for the second double-double of the season. James has now recorded double-figures in scoring three times this season, after grabbing a career-high 15 boards against Portland.

     

     

    Taking A Break...

    The Falcons were extremely busy last week, playing four games in a span of seven days. However, following the Denver contest, nearly two weeks will pass before Air Force takes the court again, as the team takes some time off for finals. The Falcons will visit Drake on Dec. 22, and after another short break, will return home to face service academy rival Navy on Dec. 30.

     

     

    Next Up...

    The Falcons return to action Dec. 22, as they head to Des Moines, Iowa, for their final non-conference road game of the season. Air Force will take on Drake at 5:00 p.m. (CT) at the Knapp Center.

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